More Excessive Billing, More Indictments

“Beth Palin, a non-practicing attorney and owner of Bristol Laboratories (BL) and Mountain Empire Medical Care (MEMC), has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of healthcare fraud, conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and offering or paying a kickback. Palin’s husband, Joseph Webb, was indicted on the same charges, and otolaryngologist Dr. Mary Curtiss was indicted on charges of healthcare fraud, conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and receiving a kickback…. The government alleges Palin and Webb required Dr. Curtiss to order ‘…excessive, medically unnecessary quantitative and qualitative urine drug screens from Bristol Labs’, the results of which were not used to ‘guide treatment of MEMC’s patients.’ “

For what it’s worth (which may be very little), for every article I send relating to business abuses within the substance abuse arena, I could easily also send scores of articles I receive daily about the larger abuses within the medical health care field. Of course, “those people” are wearing white lab coats and went to medical school, so that is apparently more socially acceptable…. And it may also get you elected Governor of Florida at the same time!

The entire article can be read here.

About Jeffrey Lynne

Jeffrey C. Lynne is a South Florida native, representing individuals and business entities relating to licensing, accreditation, regulatory compliance, business structure, marketing, real estate, zoning and litigation pertaining to substance abuse treatment facilities and sober living residences. Mr. Lynne has been recognized across the region as a leader in progressive public dialogue about the role that substance abuse treatment has within our communities and the fundamental need and right to provide safe and affordable housing for those who are both in treatment for addiction and alcoholism as well as those who are established in their recovery.